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James Blunt|Once Upon A Mind  (Time Suspended Edition)

Once Upon A Mind (Time Suspended Edition)

James Blunt

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Much like its predecessor, 2017's The Afterlove, James Blunt's sixth full-length, Once Upon a Mind, matches his familiar voice and introspective lyrics with polished pop production. As with prior efforts, Blunt's vocals are the most vital aspect of Once, mostly because they are so recognizable. Otherwise, without them, these songs could belong to anyone. With a team of pop songwriters, the 11 selections on the LP shift between catchy ditties (which sound like late-era Mumford and Sons, OneRepublic, or Maroon 5 mashed with Avicii leftovers) and plaintive moments of vulnerability that faintly hint at his hit debut Back to Bedlam. Upbeat highlights like "The Truth" and "5 Miles" briefly energize the album, while the anthemic motivators such as "Champions" and "Halfway" offer empowering singalongs. Cutting to the core, the heartbreaking "Monsters" and "How It Feels to Be Alive" deal with his father, while "I Told You" and "The Greatest" are gems of wisdom written for his children and future generations. It's all pleasant and comforting stuff, but ultimately, Once Upon a Mind plays it safe and doesn't leave a lasting impression.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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1
The Truth
00:03:42

Steve Robson, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - James Blunt, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Sam Miller, Engineer - Mike Wise, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer, Bass - Cleo Tighe, Writer, Additional Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

2
Cold
00:03:28

Steve Robson, Producer, Piano, Programmer, Writer - Luke Potashnick, Guitar - John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Karl Brazil, Drums, Percussion - James Blunt, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Sam Miller, Engineer - John Garrison, Bass - Brian David Willis, Pro-Tools Editor - Mike Wise, Guitar, Mandolin, Additional Production, Programmer - Cleo Tighe, Writer, Additional Backing Vocals - Matt Zara, Guitar, Additional Programmer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

3
Champions
00:03:14

John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Priddy, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer, Recorded by - MoZella, Writer - Danny Parker, Guitar, Writer - Jack Duxbury, Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

4
Monsters
00:04:19

Jimmy Hogarth, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Programmer, Writer, E-bow Guitar - John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - James Blunt, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Rhian Porter, Cello - Trinity Boys Choir, Choir - Cameron Craig, Engineer - Ben Parry, Choir Arrangement - Amy Wadge, Writer - Dani Spragg, AssistantEngineer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

5
Youngster
00:03:19

Ben Kohn, Backing Vocals, Writer, Xylophone - Tom Barnes, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - James Blunt, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Danny Parker, Backing Vocals, Writer - Pete Kelleher, Backing Vocals, Writer, Bass - TMS, Producer, Engineer - Chris Bishop, VocalEngineer - Sam Klempner, Producer, Engineer, Writer, Mellotron - Martin Luke Brown, Guitar, Writer - BB Diamond, Backing Vocals - Charlie Siobhan Dimond, Writer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

6
5 Miles
00:03:19

Matt Prime, Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Production, Writer, Vocal Production - Ben Kohn, Keyboards, Writer - Tom Barnes, Drums, Writer - Peter Kelleher, Piano - John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Pete Kelleher, Writer - TMS, Producer, Engineer - Chris Bishop, VocalEngineer - Phil Plested, Writer - Phil Cook, Producer, Bass

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

7
How It Feels to Be Alive
00:03:25

Tom Rothrock, Mixer - Wayne Hector, Writer - Steve Robson, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Programmer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Karl Brazil, Drums - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Sam Miller, Engineer - Brian David Willis, Pro-Tools Editor - Cleo Tighe, Writer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

8
I Told You
00:02:31

Tom Rothrock, Mixer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - James Blunt, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dan Priddy, Additional Production - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Writer - Andrew Jackson, Keyboards, Additional Production, Writer - Jack Duxbury, Guitar, Keyboards

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

9
Halfway
00:03:11

Luke Potashnick, Guitar - Ben Kohn, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Writer - Tom Barnes, Drums, Backing Vocals, Writer - John Hanes, Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - James Blunt, Flute, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - John Garrison, Bass - Pete Kelleher, Backing Vocals, Writer - TMS, Producer, Engineer - Paul Sayer, Guitar - Cleo Tighe, Writer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

10
Stop the Clock
00:03:14

Tom Rothrock, Mixer - Wayne Hector, Writer - Steve Robson, Producer, Organ, Piano, Programmer, Writer, Bass - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Karl Brazil, Percussion, Claps - James Blunt, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, Claps, MainArtist - Sam Miller, Engineer - Brian David Willis, Pro Tools Editing - Josh Miller, Backing Vocals - Cleo Tighe, Writer - Matt Zara, Drums, Programmer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

11
The Greatest
00:03:10

Tom Rothrock, Mixer - Steve Robson, Producer, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Programmer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Karl Brazil, Drums - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Tarantino, Pro Tools Editing - Sam Miller, Engineer - John Garrison, Bass - Brian David Willis, Pro Tools Editing - Nate Cyphert, Backing Vocals, Writer - Matt Zara, Guitar, Programmer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

12
Should I Give It All Up (demo)
00:03:27

Tom Rothrock, Mixer - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Composer, Producer, Drums, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - John Garrison, Bass - Mike Armstrong, Programmer - Danny Parker, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Mike Wise, Additional Production - Matt Zara, Guitar - Jorge Arango Kure, Engineer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

13
Happier (demo)
00:03:02

Steve Robson, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Keyboards - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Nate Cyphert, Composer

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

14
The Truth (Acoustic)
00:03:50

Steve Robson, Writer - Luke Potashnick, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by - Cleo Tighe, Writer - Chris Pemberton, Piano, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

15
Cold (Acoustic)
00:03:40

Steve Robson, Writer - Luke Potashnick, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by - Cleo Tighe, Writer - Chris Pemberton, Piano, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

16
Champions (Acoustic)
00:03:20

Luke Potashnick, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by - Dan Priddy, Writer - Mark Crew, Writer - MoZella, Writer - Danny Parker, Writer - Chris Pemberton, Drums, Piano, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

17
Monsters (Acoustic)
00:04:22

Luke Potashnick, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Jimmy Hogarth, Writer - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by - Amy Wadge, Writer - Chris Pemberton, Piano, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

18
5 Miles (Acoustic)
00:03:16

Matt Prime, Writer - Luke Potashnick, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Ben Kohn, Writer - Tom Barnes, Writer - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by - Pete Kelleher, Writer - Phil Plested, Writer - Chris Pemberton, Piano, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

19
Halfway (Acoustic)
00:03:17

Luke Potashnick, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Ben Kohn, Writer - Tom Barnes, Writer - Jeremy Cooper, Masterer - James Blunt, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Producer, Mixer, Recorded by - Pete Kelleher, Writer - Cleo Tighe, Writer - Chris Pemberton, Piano, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company. ℗ 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company

Album Description

Much like its predecessor, 2017's The Afterlove, James Blunt's sixth full-length, Once Upon a Mind, matches his familiar voice and introspective lyrics with polished pop production. As with prior efforts, Blunt's vocals are the most vital aspect of Once, mostly because they are so recognizable. Otherwise, without them, these songs could belong to anyone. With a team of pop songwriters, the 11 selections on the LP shift between catchy ditties (which sound like late-era Mumford and Sons, OneRepublic, or Maroon 5 mashed with Avicii leftovers) and plaintive moments of vulnerability that faintly hint at his hit debut Back to Bedlam. Upbeat highlights like "The Truth" and "5 Miles" briefly energize the album, while the anthemic motivators such as "Champions" and "Halfway" offer empowering singalongs. Cutting to the core, the heartbreaking "Monsters" and "How It Feels to Be Alive" deal with his father, while "I Told You" and "The Greatest" are gems of wisdom written for his children and future generations. It's all pleasant and comforting stuff, but ultimately, Once Upon a Mind plays it safe and doesn't leave a lasting impression.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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